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The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood Paperback – July 1, 2017
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"The Man-Not", is not only a much-needed book to open a long overdue conversation about black men and boys, black masculinity, and black manhood, it is also a call to action. In light of the numerous revelations of Dr. Curry's examination of the subject matter concerning black male's being raped, sexually assaulted, marginalized, and having violence visited upon them by white men and women from slavery till the present day, the data and evidence he reveals forces us to challenge long-held biases, mythologies, and outright lies we've force fed for decades about black men and boys.
This book should be on the bookshelf of every black home in America, as well as the diaspora, and of those who want to know and understand what has happened to black men and boys historically. You can't have a conversation about the black family, the black community, and journey of black people, without having the story of black men and boys, told in full. Dr. Tommy Curry has given us a gift it that regards, and I hope that we appreciate that gift. Enjoy this historical read!
"The Man-Not" returns to the Black male what has been denied him for centuries and that is his humanity, by way of his vulnerability. This book challenges us to view the Black male in a different context, through a different lens, and began to appreciate that Black males have not benefited from gender but have actually been disadvantaged by it. I love it and, in my opinion, anyone who is serious about the study and understanding of the Black male in America will likewise. Highly recommend!
Dr. Curry has written a needed and timely book that both deconstructs popular gender theory "mythologies" as it surrounds the varied forms of victimization that construct the reality of life for black men. Through a strong read of history, philosophy, gender theory, and black male studies, the greatest contribution of Curry's work is his strident insistence on both the centrality of black male vulnerability within an anti-black society, and his insistence on making this vulnerability a useful tool for theory in the development of gender studies.
This book also provides a strong indictment of both the multifaceted terrain of black male oppression in an anti-black society (racial, sexual, economic), and the relative silence on, and the decentering of, black men's experiences within the canon of gender studies--which is, according to Curry, weakened for its inability to link intersectional theory to the real-world settings of black men and their varied victimizations. It is particularly Curry's focus on the sexual victimization of black men at the hands of white men AND women, coupled with his racial and economic disadvantages, that places black men in the unique position of a kind of "triple jeopardy" (to borrow from Theresa Hoover). The black man, like his female counterpart, faces varied oppression(s) at the level of race, sex, and class. This has been an overlooked, and frankly, an ignored feature of gender theory infused with race theory.
Beyond this, at its most basic, and profound level, Curry's text also makes central the argument for a complex reading of black male life and thought--especially as it relates to gender and sexuality. Black men and boys are more than a "DuBoisian problem"--black men and boys are NOT "copy-cats" of white masculinity norms--black men and boys are more than corpses grounded in historical trend of effervescent white male and female lust for the destruction and exploitation of black male flesh-as-phallus. We should make a better effort to read black men as manifestations of their total experiences of oppression, and to connect these experiences to his self-development and self-identity. In sum, gender theory, per Curry's work, must move beyond the simple-minded and reductionistic depictions of black manhood and open itself to black male humanity--in all its forms and through his particular self-definitions and reflections on his existence.
Given its interdisciplinary trajectory, this will be a welcome resource for scholars interested in Africana philosophy, black male studies, and American race and sexuality studies, just name a few fields. The Man-Not will prove to be a foundational text for scholarship that envisions different conceptions of black manhood beyond the limitations of academia, and beyond the insidious distortions of racist logics that pervade our discourses of black manhood.